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What if I am declined for SSDI?

You have the right to appeal the decision. Always appeal the decision if your claim is denied through the framework provided by the government. Appeals escalate your case through different stages of examination, with the final appeal taking place before an Administrative Law Judge, where you are able to directly speak with the Judge about […]

Who determines if I am disabled?

A state disability determination agency employs claims examiners to determine if an applicant is medically eligible to receive SSDI, SSI, or both. There is a persistent myth that one’s doctor plays a significant role in determination and they really do not. The information they provide is supplied to the state disability determination agency where it […]

How long does SSDI approval take?

The application and appeal process can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. It is best that you apply as soon as possible to get the whole process started and moving forward. Any back award you are entitled to will be based off of the date of your application. The sooner you […]

Do I qualify for Social Security Disability?

The determination for SSDI is handled on a case-by-case basis. Not everyone with a specific medical condition will meet the criteria, as the condition needs to prevent Substantial Gainful Activity. You will need to prove to the Social Security Administration that your condition prevents SGA through providing necessary testimony through paperwork, which will be compared […]

Do I need a lawyer to apply for SSDI?

No. In fact, many Social Security attorneys will not take on a case until the person has applied for themselves and faced at least one rejection. There are exceptions. You can electronically apply for Social Security Benefits through the www.ssa.gov website. If you require assistance with the application, you can contact your local Social Security […]

How much do you receive for SSDI?

The amount paid out for SSDI differs from person to person. The Social Security Administration uses a formula based on the amount of income that you’ve paid Social Security taxes on. A majority of SSDI recipients average $1,100 per month with a range of about $700 to $1,700. The maximum award for SSDI is $2,687.

Do I have to be permanently disabled to qualify for SSDI?

No. You may qualify if your medical condition would limit SGA in addition to persisting for at least 12 months. Furthermore, simply having a specific medical condition does not necessarily mean you qualify for SSDI, though there are certain medical conditions that result in expedited, automatic approval. The medical condition must impact your everyday life […]

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

Social Security is responsible for two safety net programs that offer monthly payments to people that cannot earn a living or work. These two programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI serves people who have worked and paid taxes into the Social Security system before becoming disabled. An individual […]